I am often asked what my favorite Christmas movie is, and I have one response that always rings true: White Christmas!
White Christmas is the most wonderful movie, full of dreams, conflict, and the resolution of a beautiful Christmas. But the real moment of truth is the musical number “Sisters”! Oh my, those wonderful dresses and feather fans just make me swoon. I have never seen such small waistlines in dresses in my life. My sister, Janice, and I have threatened to recreate the number, but where in the world would we find the fans and dresses? So we just sing right along as if we are Rosemary Clooney herself!
As the movie progresses, the costumes just keep getting better. Each tiny-waisted skirt is complete with high heels and a matching hat and handbag. I sometimes long for the days when women dressed like that! It is so stunning and elegant. Then comes the magical culmination of the red velvet Mrs. Santa outfits and white fur muffs. This sight makes for a perfect ending to a purely enchanting movie! It’s the ultimate film for me—I could watch it over and over again!
People connect so personally with Christmas movies because they take us to a magical place where we learn a life lesson—much like in It’s a Wonderful Life. Or we love them so because of the pure entertainment aspect and joyful endings, like in the old movie By the Light of the Silvery Moon.